About the Riverview Village Intentional Community Society


History
The Riverview Village Intentional Community Society began in 2014 as an informal group of individuals, committed to helping those most seriously affected by mental illness, who saw in the renewal of the Riverview Lands the possibility of a new model. They called themselves the Riverview Village Project, a name they still use to describe the work of the Society.

The original discussion paper outlining the proposal, entitled "Riverview Village: an innovative ground-breaking community for the Riverview Lands," was issued late July, 2014. It proposed a mixed-population "intentional community" for the benefit of those with a serious mental illness. The "Riverview Village Project" was formed to carry the proposal forward. Other papers followed (see Documents). The group also participated actively in B.C. Housing's community engagement process on the Lands (a series of "open houses" under the rubric "Renewing Riverview"). It simultaneously began advocating for the proposal in the community at large, including presentations to other stakeholders such as the City of Coquitlam's Riverview Lands Advisory Committee and the Tri-Cities Task Force on Homelessness and Housing.

The release by B.C. Housing of its Vision for Renewing Riverview, December 2015, in putting forward a mixed-population village which included those with a mental illness, was an important step forward towards the Riverview Village Project's ground-breaking model. It lacked only one further step - a commitment to the village as an "intentional community," one for the benefit of the seriously mentally ill. It's this intentionality which is the key. The Project filed a detailed response, "Making the 'Intentional Community Explicit."

In September 2016 the Project incorporated as the Riverview Village Intentional Community Society - to carry on the work of advocating for the proposed village, to participate in B.C. Housing's continuing planning process, and to be a participant in any implementation of the intentional community.


Directors
- Herschel Hardin, writer, long-time advocate for those with a serious mental illness and their families, most particularly with the North Shore Schizophrenia Society
- Ric Matthews, management consultant, former executive director First United Church and regional director, Community Living British Columbia
- Sean Flynn, psychiatrist, West End Mental Health Team and a Downtown Eastside Assertive Community Treatment team
- Keith Johnston, litigation lawyer with the provincial government
- Penny Gurstein, director of the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Centre for Human Settlements at UBC
- Lenore Rowntree, lawyer, writer, and editor
- Cheryl Archer, former executive director of the North Shore Schizophrenia Society

Associate directors
- Eileen Callanan, former Family-to-Family (education course on mental illness) teacher and teacher trainer
- Michael Clague, retired director, Carnegie Community Centre, Vancouver


Membership and Donations
To join the Riverview Village Intentional Community Society, please make out a cheque for $10 to the society, write on the Memo line "Membership," and mail to "RVICS, c/o Keith Johnston, 311 - 1677 Lloyd Ave, North Vancouver BC V7P 0B1. Please, also, include a note with your name, postal address, phone number and email address.

Please feel free to add an extra donation above the $10 if you wish to increase your support. Unfortunately, we can't offer a tax receipt at the moment, since our application for a Charities Canada registration number is still pending.

If you wish to get involved and help out that way as well, please let us know with an added note or get in touch separately.  Email: info@riverviewvillage.ca.  Telephone: 604-922-7153.
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